Recycling at CNM and RecycleMania

It’s time to step up your recycling, Suncats!

Sports stylized  Recycle Mania Tournament logo.
RecycleMania 2020 is here!

RecycleMania (#CNMRecycle) is an 8-week, multi-campus recycling and data collection project. It  “is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.”  This year, CNM will enter into the RecycleMania national case study competition to showcase our efforts in educational outreach. We will assess whether the new waste and recycling signage has had an impact on waste diversion and contamination rates. The Sustainability Curriculum Committee and the Physical Plant Department strive to provide sustainability education to CNM students. In 2018 CNM won the case study in the Waste Minimization category and received and honorable mention in 2019. 


2019 Schedule of Events

2019 Case Study

Did you miss the 2019 RecycleMania Grand Finale!? If so, click on theses live links for the presentations. They are on social, economic and environmental issues related to waste and recycling.

2018 Schedule of Events

2017 Schedule of Events

Service Learning

We offer an in-house Service Learning project. We invite CNM students who would like to raise awareness of recycling issues and improve recycling rate on campus.

Student Exhibits

See below to learn about single-stream recycling at CNM.

Single-Stream Recycling at CNM

Single-stream recycling is an all-in-one recycling method where materials can be combined into one single bin. CNM has blue single-stream recycle bins located next to the trash cans in most classrooms and large green cardboard recycling bins have been placed in common areas across all campuses.

Here are some examples of items that CAN be placed in CNM's single-stream recycling bins:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Copy paper
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Cardboard
  • Paper envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Tin or steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs

Items that should NOT be placed in CNM recycling bins include:

  • Food wrappers
  • Candy wrappers
  • Bags from chips or snacks
  • Full or partially full plastic bottles
  • Cardboard or paper containing food
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Glass bottles or jars